An opening panel on practical issues that arise in film restoration — and in particular on the restoration of the historically significant Indonesian film Lewat Djam Malam After the Curfew, — was followed by the screening of a newly struck 35mm print of this just-restored work. The first evening of the conference featured an opening address from film historian Thomas Doherty Brandeis Universitywho spoke of the importance of archivists for facilitating historical research; Doherty noted how luck and happenstance inevitably bear upon such research, which in his experience has often come to fruition only owing to the alert eyes and the strong memories of seasoned archivists with full knowledge of their respective collections before the days of the computer database. The second day of the conference began with a special focus on Cambodian archives, with the first panel of the day addressing both the use of Cambodian archival materials in film and the present state of the Cambodian archives themselves.
The Asian Film Archive organises a wide variety of events for students, educators, and the public to develop deeper understanding and appreciation for the language, art and industry of the film media. Featuring critically-acclaimed films and festival favourites, New Releases is dedicated to screening the best and most promising of contemporary Asian cinema. Singapore Shorts is an annual showcase celebrating the best and the most promising local short films in Singapore.
The seater, wheelchair accessible hall is equipped with 4K digital, 16mm and 35mm film format projection capabilities. At Oldham Theatre, AFA will present a curated mix of classic, contemporary and new releases of critically acclaimed Asian film titles. With post-screening dialogues, film-related lectures and workshops, the theatre will be a social and educational space for audiences to engage with the rich film heritage of Asian cinema, as well as to discover the important film archival and preservation duties carried out by AFA.
A bold—and successful— attempt to depart from the usual commercial fare, it cryptically paints a large, bleak canvas showing rural fold and how their chances at redemption and happiness are irreversibly decimated by poverty, ignorance, neglect and the dark side of big business. Hisashi Okajima became the founding Director of National Film Archive of Japan following it becoming an autonomous body in April, He was further honoured with the Jean Mitry Award in for making a significant contribution to film preservation and the appreciation of cinema.
Are you scared of monsters? No stomach for horror? Full disclosure, we are not exactly horror fans but thumbing through the program reveals an intriguing mix of flicks, from the scary-scary, to the scary-campy.
Despite the long established presence of cinema in Southeast Asia, initiatives to institutionalize film archiving in the region began only in the s and most of the major activities in realizing the creation of viable archives gathered momentum only quite recently. Nevertheless, the film archiving movement in Southeast Asia has seen significant developments in the past decade, and the fraught relationship between cinema, academia, the state, and the general public continue to impact and influence institutions such as the Asian Film Archive in Singapore, the National Film Archives of the Philippines, Sinematek Indonesia, and Thai Film Archive. In spite of these notable developments, critical literature regarding archiving in the region remains scarce.
This year's programme, which features free film screenings, performances, talks and tours of film locations, will run till Feb The theme of the current edition is State Of Motion Sejarah-ku, which means "My history" in Malay, and focuses on films from Singapore's golden era of Malay cinema which took place in the decade before the nation's independence. Mainly produced by Shaw Brothers' Malay Film Productions between andthe 10 feature films on display cross genres, from comedy to drama and political commentary.
Founded inAFA preserves Asian films to encourage scholarly research on film, and to promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form. The archive has collected more than 2, titles, with a focus on classic Asian films and contemporary independent works from Southeast Asia. The Archive's outreach programmes encourage film literacy and find new audiences for films in its collection.
You can now add your own celebrations to the webpage dedicated to the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage that will take place on 27 October. Apply here. Up to five travel grants will be awarded for the upcoming Joint Technical Symposium in Hilversum October
The Asian Film Archive AFAbased in Singapore, was founded in as a cultural heritage organisation, designed to capture, preserve, and make accessible, the rich and diverse film collection of the region. The archive had far outgrown the cumbersome, in-house catalogue system, which was time-consuming to use. The Asian Film Archive AFA was founded in as a cultural heritage organisation, designed to capture, preserve, and make accessible, the rich and diverse film collection of the region. South-east Asia has a very strong film community but, aside from the obviously commercial, few films from the region reach a broad audience beyond the film festival circuit.